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Bay Area design studio of Kervin Ferreira. I design logos and identity systems for start-ups, small businesses, and solopreneurs.

Photo Manipulations

There's a list in my Notes app that I add to whenever an idea pops into my head. Sometimes it's a visual pun, sometimes it's social commentary, and sometimes it's simply something I want to see if I can create. As a logo designer with a full-time job, I can't always find the time to dedicate to my other passion. Somehow, I make it happen.

What I love most about photo manipulation is that I can make anything I want come to life, as long as I have patience. Most of the time, what ends up happening is I can't find the right image to communicate exactly what I want to say. Eventually, I end up changing the idea as I work, and I usually end up with something completely different that I still love.

Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone. Design is like sex. There is someone else involved, their needs are just as important as your own, and if everything goes right, both parties are happy in the end.
— Colin Wright

Seeing finished products without any context is boring. We appreciate things a lot more when we know the story behind it. Above, you can see all the source images I used to create the picture at the cemetery. The whole idea came to me in a tweet.

There's something incredibly Hip Hop about photo manipulations that I absolutely love. The same way a DJ/producer samples great art before him, I search the internet for all the ingredients to make my designs. Above, I turned my wife into a mermaid. You can watch the making of this piece, as well as other pieces, on my Youtube channel.

I hope I never run out of wacky ideas that move me enough to make them come to life. I hope I always find time to express myself as freely as I am able to with these pieces. Most of all, I'd love to be able to make a living doing exactly what I love.

When I find some time (and inspiration), I'd like to finish this piece that I started over a year ago. I'm thinking of transforming a friend into the Arm Wrestling Champ of the World.

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